Refresh Your Home With Easy-to-Maintain Houseplants

— Written By

Julie Hayworth-Perman | 2/21/2020 | NC State University Homegrown

Putting off that home remodel or waiting until the right time to add a fresh coat of paint or new carpet? You’re in luck – Homegrown In the Garden can help you add charm and beauty to your home without breaking the bank.

In our expert opinion, nothing freshens up your living space like a few well-placed houseplants. In addition to bringing the outdoors in, houseplants may help improve indoor air quality and provide a natural beauty that can be both relaxing and energizing.

Hesitating? We get it, keeping a plant alive can seem like a daunting task. Sure, that cute little cactus you bought said “water rarely,” but it looked thirsty. And those hardy herbs wilting on your window sill? They must not have liked the view as much as you’d hoped. Even the steadfast Spathiphyllum, better known as the peace lily, will look like it’s been through a war in your living room at some point.

But that’s OK. Contrary to popular belief, there’s no such thing as a “green thumb.” There’s just different levels of experience – those who have been through more trial and error than others.

Fortunately, Homegrown offers research-backed advice from horticultural experts like NC State University’s Jeana Myers, who can help give you and your houseplants a fresh start. Watch and learn as Jeana walks us through selecting a lifestyle-appropriate plant, as well as ways to maintain your houseplants for years to come.

A few quick tips…

  • Choose plants based on the amount of maintenance you can reasonably offer.
  • Choose plants based on the amount of light in your home.
  • Avoid over-watering by following the instructions received when you purchase your plant, and NEVER let the plant sit in water.
  • Keep an eye out for pests, like mealybugs, and treat when needed.
  • Fertilize when plants are growing.
  • Re-pot when the plant begins to dry out really fast – the roots have likely filled the soil at this point.
  • Shower off the leaves once in a while to remove dust.

Written By

Ryan Adams, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionRyan AdamsExtension Associate Call Ryan Email Ryan Center for Integrated Pest Management
NC State Extension, NC State University
Updated on Mar 20, 2020
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